Doodleville Media Group, LLC (pub: October 1, 2019)
Kendall Smith shares with the reader memories growing up in a lower-middle class neighborhood, playing basketball on a travel squad with a midget as a point guard, getting fired from his first real job after college, helping his mother put a hex on flower thieves at the cemetery, meeting and marrying his wife, and finally, what he thinks it will be like the day he dies.
Interspersed with thirty-plus chapters is a vivid recollection of the foibles of church league sports...especially church leauge basketball. Scarred but not defeated, Smith shares an amazing transition from disgust and animosity toward his biggest church league rival, to a relationship of love and respect.
Written literally as an "open book" for his grandchildren with the hope that one day they are old enough to understand, they will have a clear picture about the life and times of their grandfather, Skeeter;" everyone will identify with the hurts, but also the happiness, that Kendall Smith shares in his third book.
KENDALL SMITH is a native of Jackson…..proudly calling “Doodleville”…..a residential area in
south-central Jackson near Battlefield Park…. his childhood neighborhood. He is a graduate of Jackson Central High School and Mississippi State University.
Following graduation from MSU, Smith joined Barefield & Company, (now known as
Workplace Solutions), in December of 1975; beginning in the supply stock room of the
Company. After moving into outside sales, sales management, and VP of Sales and
Marketing, Smith and a partner purchased the Company in 1996. The Company grew to
become one of Mississippi’s “Top 100 Privately-Held Companies” during their tenure.
After selling the Company in 2004, Smith assumed responsibility for the Office Products
Division of the Company, as well as identifying and executing acquisition opportunities in
other markets in the region. He continues to serve today as Vice-President of the Company,
which has locations in Jackson, Greenville, New Albany, Meridian, Natchez, and a recent
acquisition of a Steelcase dealership in New Orleans.
He served as a high school football official in the Mississippi Association of Independent
Schools for 35 years, including officiating several state championship games over his career.
Smith is the author of two books……”Confessions of a Southern Baptist Churchman”, and,
“Confessions of a High School Zebra”.